Samsung is getting set to, said to be called the Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20 Plus 5G and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (RIP before it even arrived). We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for new rumors and speculation in advance on the big reveal at . Some of the more exciting rumored features include the 5G support thought to be baked into the phones’ names, upgraded camera tech, some fun new colors, a giant battery, a and extra-fast 120Hz screens.
The Galaxy S20 phones won’t be alone. We also expect Samsung to reveal a, a clamshell design meant to challenge the (which is available for preorder now and ). While the Galaxy S20 phones will anchor Samsung’s Unpacked event, we anticipate seeing more products come to light, like the .
5G may sneakily be the most important new Galaxy S20 feature to impact the mobile industry. These phones could help tip the scale in bringing 5G to the masses, at least in the top tier. After all, Samsung is the world’s biggest phone brand, and the Galaxy S should be the company’s most popular premium phones.
There’s good reason for Samsung to anticipate big sales. The company is already coasting off a strong 2019 that saw the excellent Galaxy Note 10 and unforgettable Galaxy Fold. If the brand has its way, big changes coming to the Galaxy S20 phones could spell out another blockbuster year.
Price: Galaxy S20 Ultra could cost $1,200
We expect the Galaxy S20 series to more or less align with the iPhone 11 series, with the standard version well under $1,000 and the most advanced model breaking the $1,000 mark. The base model price was all but verified Friday when, the company’s site for the United Arab Emirates, for a price of 3,112.72 Arab Emirate dirham, or approximately $847.
The latest mix of rumor and speculation about thecomes from Max Weinbach of XDA Developers:
- Galaxy S20: $850 (900 to 1,000 euros)
- Galaxy S20 Plus: $950 (1,050 to 1,100 euros)
- Galaxy S20 Ultra: $1,200 (1,300 euros)
For reference, here were the Galaxy S10 prices for the base storage configuration:
- Galaxy S10E: $749, £669, AU$1,199
- Galaxy S10: $899, £799, AU$1,349
- Galaxy S10 Plus: $999, £899, AU$1,499
- Galaxy S10 5G: $1,300, £1,099, AU$2,950
Specs: Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra
The exact names of the three Galaxy S20 models have been bouncing around, but people are starting to settle on Galaxy S20 5G for the “standard” version,(not Pro) and for what is presumably the largest, most advanced of the three.
Here are the rumored specs in aggregate, based on Max Weinbach from XDA Developers, My Smart Price and Twitter leakers Ice Universe and Evan Blass. The also corroborated rumors about the display, battery and camera array, but the model in the listing featured an Exynos 990 processor, not the rumored Snapdragon 865.
Galaxy S20 5G (rumored specs)
Galaxy S20 Pro/Plus 5G (rumored specs)
- 6.7-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
- Cameras: 12-megapixel main, 64-megapixel telephoto and 3x digital zoom, 12-megapixel ultrawide, time-of-flight sensor
- 10-megapixel front-facing camera
- 128GB of storage (starting)
- 12GB RAM
- 4,500-mAh battery with 25-watt fast charging
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor
Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (rumored specs)
- 6.9-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
- Cameras: 108-megapixel main, 48-megapixel telephoto with 10x optical zoom, 12-megapixel ultrawide, time-of-flight sensor
- 40-megapixel wide front-facing camera
- 128GB, 256GB, 512GB internal storage
- MicroSD card support, 12GB or 16GB RAM
- 5,000-mAh battery with optional 45-watt fast-charger
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor
New colors: Cosmic black, cosmic grey, cloud blue, cloud pink
Samsung may be embracing a lighter hue, if this latest is right. Mobile tweeter Ishan Agarwal posted images said to be official renders of the S20 phones., the S20 Ultra will come in black and grey, with the S20 Plus available in black, grey and blue, and the S20 in grey, pink and blue.
Note that color availability often varies by region, and that Samsung typically introduces special shades and even special backing material for select phones and regions. Theshowed a Cloud Blue model.
New feature: Quick Share, Samsung’s version of AirDrop
A software feature could come to the Galaxy S20 phones that makes them act more like the iPhone in one specific way. Called, the rumored tool could make it easy to transfer photos, video and other files from the phone to other compatible devices.
Quick Share could mimic the effect of Apple’s AirDrop tool for iPhones and iPads, but with Samsung’s ecosystem in mind.
Exactly which devices are compatible with the Galaxy S20 matters. Hopefully, Samsung’s renewed partnership with Microsoft means that Windows 10 computers would get the green light, and not only devices like Samsung laptops, TVs and tablets.
Confirmed: Feb. 11 launch date in San Francisco
Samsung has officially announced its Unpacked event for Feb. 11 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. It’s widely believed that Samsung will also take the wraps off its second foldable phone,, which bends into a square, similar to the .
Look for the Galaxy S20 to go on preorder shortly after Feb. 11, with phones shipping a week or two after the reveal. I’ll continue to update this story with fresh rumors, so come back for more.
Cameras: 108-megapixel camera, periscope lens, monster optical zoom
We’ve highlighted which phones might get which cameras. Let’s dig into those a bit more, because a rumoredfor the S20 Ultra is something to talk about.
Logic holds that the larger the camera pixel, the more light can flow in, the better the photo is. That’s why more megapixels won’t necessarily mean better photos. The camera processing plays a huge role in image quality. Is this madness?
It sounds like madness. But Chinese brand Xiaomi already beat Samsung to it with the Mi CC9 Pro, which has a 108-megapixel camera.
A 108-megapixel camera may sound wild, but the Snapdragon 865 chip we talked about above. You may not be using all 108 million pixels all the time, but having that extra resolution can be helpful for zooming in and cropping. If you like the sound of all that, .
Twitter leaker Weinbach corroborates that the S20 Ultra 5G will be the only one to get the 108-megapixel camera of the three new phones, with a 48-megapixel 10x optical zoom lens and a 12-megapixel ultrawide-angle lens for group and landscape shots to go along with it.
Meanwhile, leaker Ice Universe tweeted that the S20 and S20 Plus will have 12-megapixel cameras, while the two higher-end devices will also have , which are useful for portrait video mode and AR applications.
A cross between the Note 10 and Galaxy S10?
The Galaxy S20 renders are out and so are the concept designs, which I love because they can bring the rumors to life.
So what might we get with the S20? Rounded shoulders, which have become the Galaxy S trademark, but with a more squared-off look reminiscent of the. A slim body. Curved sides for all models, unlike the flat screen, which I actually really liked.
The camera array seems to be rectangular and off to the left, according to renders and possible photos. It might also stick out from the surface, a lot like the iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4. Cameras that stick out are more vulnerable to breaking when you drop your phone, so a case is an absolute must.
5G guaranteed, but there’s a catch
I mentioned 5G earlier. This is a rumored feature, but also a given. The Galaxy S20 is 99.9% likely to use the, which chipmaker Qualcomm won’t make available to phone brands without the 5G modem it pairs with. Ipso facto, you get a phone with the Snapdragon 865, you get a 5G-ready phone.
The same goes for any regions that will package the Galaxy S20 with Samsung is “determined” to use Snapdragon 865 for South Korean models.), which often happens in Asia, especially Samsung’s home country of South Korea. (Ice Universe says
I promised a catch and here it is. While the Galaxy S20 will be, not every phone may be able to access 5G. Cities and countries that are 4G-only will only be able to use 4G networks, so the 5G Galaxy S20 could very well act like a 4G phone.
We’ll see how it all shakes out, but I’d be surprised if Samsung used any chip other than Snapdragon 865. The Galaxy S series is its mainstream flagship and Samsung is the world’s largest phone-maker. Samsung will want to put its best foot forward by.
Screen: 120Hz AMOLED display
We talked about phone screens earlier, but here’s what else we’re likely to get: the. That will make animations and scrolling a whole lot smoother than the standard 60Hz refresh rate we have now.
While a 120Hz refresh rate is great for gaming and other quick transitions, it’s a battery hog. Still, the . The Galaxy S20 could put the power in your hands with settings to switch between 60Hz to preserve battery life and 120Hz if you want to rev up animations.
This is pretty much a done deal since both the Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990 5G support 210Hz screens.
In-screen fingerprint reader
I loved the concept of an in-screen fingerprint reader until I used it in the Galaxy S10. The accuracy, speed and convenience never quite lived up to the promise for me.
My best-case scenario would be for the Galaxy S20 return to some form of secure face unlock, combined with the in-screen reader. Samsung already knows how to do this well. Remember, the series got iris scanning in the Google has now done it better, with the Pixel 4’s gesture tracking lending a hand., but dropped it for the S10.
We could at least see a more robust form of in-screen biometric scanner if Samsung decides to take advantage of the Snapdragon 865’s support for two-finger scanning, which is meant to improve the technology on all fronts. I sure hope it does.
Android 10 and Samsung One UI 2
There’s little doubt that every Samsung phone in 2020 will run on(corroborated in the ) and the company’s own .
I’m much more excited about, gesture navigation, some seriously impressive live captioning and new privacy settings. Samsung One UI 2 aims to push icons and screen controls toward the bottom of the phone so they’re easier to reach one-handed.
Storage and RAM
Let’s not forget onboard storage, external memory and RAM. According to Weinbach’s recent tweet, the S20 Ultra will have:
- 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options
- 12GB and 16GB RAM configurations
- MicroSD card slot for external storage, with support for up to 1TB
The Galaxy S20 may have more surprises waiting for us yet., at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco to bring you all the news.
Originally published earlier this season and updated frequently.